Saturday, December 05, 2009

Vin chaud (hot mulled wine)

Vin chaud is the definitive drink of French Christmas markets and festivals. This recipe was served at an event at our church last weekend and it's the best I've ever had. So I snagged the recipe from the pastor's wife :)

one bottle of good red wine
2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
1 lemon, sliced
zest of 1 orange
2-4 cinnamon sticks
1-2 cloves (optional)

Heat the wine, sugar and spices in a pot over low heat. Stir occasionally until it simmers (not boiling) and a foam forms. Add the zest. Pour the wine into glasses while hot. Serve with a slice of lemon in each glass or a stick of cinnamon.


kim said...

I so enjoy this in the mountains while skiing. I am thrilled to have a recipe to do at home during festivities! Thanks for sharing!!! I can't wait to try it.

rjjsgdc said...

This is really good, thanks for sharing! I had a cup of this in a snowstorm at Versailles, and this recipe reminded me every bit of that evening, so warming and delicious! Thanks!